EgyptAir plane hijacking: Cyprus hostage situation ends

The hijacked EgyptAir plane sits on the tarmac at Larnaca Airport. Picture: AFP

The hijacked EgyptAir plane sits on the tarmac at Larnaca Airport. Picture: AFP

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  • EgyptAir flight to Cairo hijacked and flown to Cyprus
  • 81 people thought to be on board
  • Cyprus president confirms not terror-related
  • Suspected hijacker ‘trying to contact ex-wife’
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THE EgyptAir plane hostage situation at Larnaca airport in Cyprus has ended after the alleged hijacker was arrested, the Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

A man who claimed to have an explosive vest had been holding seven people hostage aboard an EgyptAir plane after forcing it to divert to the Mediterranean island during a domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo.

The airline said the plane, flight number MS181, was carrying 56 passengers, including 26 foreigners, and seven crew, as well as a security officer.

Minutes before the alleged hijacker was arrested a number of people were seen leaving the plane, walking down the stairs, with one climbing out of a cockpit window, before being led away by security officers.

Announcing the end of the hostage situation, the Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Twitter: “It’s over. The hijacker arrested.”

FlightRadar24 map showing flight MS181's diversion to Larnaca. Picture: Contributed

FlightRadar24 map showing flight MS181's diversion to Larnaca. Picture: Contributed

He is not a terrorist, he’s an idiot. Terrorists are crazy, but they are not stupid

Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson

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